I am currently a post-doctoral researcher at the University of Oxford, affiliated with the Department of Economics and Pembroke College. In 2020 I am due to begin a new academic position, which is a joint appointment between the Oxford Centre for Islamic Studies and the Oxford Department for International Development (equivalent to tenure-track Assistant Professor). I completed my DPhil (PhD) in 2018 from the Department of Economics, Oxford (St John’s College). I have also previously completed postgraduate degrees in finance (MSc, LSE), economics (PGDip, Cambridge), and development economics (MSc, Oxford). Prior to academia, I worked for five years as a trader in the financial markets, for Bank of America in London and Deutsche Bank in Singapore, where I traded European and Asian government bonds, foreign exchange derivatives and other fixed-income products. In my research, I am interested in the effect of equity-like financial contracts, which involve profit and loss sharing and / or shared ownership, on the investment and growth of small firms. I have conducted fieldwork in Pakistan, Kenya and Bangladesh.

Ongoing work

Levelling the Debt-Equity Playing Field: Evidence from a Belgian Policy Change

Microequity for Microenterprises: Evidence from Artefactual Field Experiments and a Survey

Higher Purchase: A Field Experiment in Asset-based Microfinance (with Faisal Bari, Kashif Malik, and Simon Quinn)

Microequity for Microdistributors: A Field Experiment in Kenya  (with Francesco Cordaro, Marcel Fafchamps, Colin Mayer, Simon Quinn, and Kate Roll) 

Microequity and Mentorship for Online Freelancers: A Field Experiment in Bangladesh (with Mehrab Bakhtiar, Simon Quinn, and Abu Shonchoy)